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She eventually fulfills all three goals, but it is the third, making the world more beautiful, that is the most difficult. Until, that is, she discovers that the wind has spread the seeds of her lupines and decides to help nature by sowing lupine seeds wherever she walks until there are so many blooms that she becomes known as the Lupine Lady.

It’s a warm, charming story, gloriously illustrated in acrylic and color pencil. A classic.

Peter Brown, with four picture books under his belt, promises to have a notable career. "The Curious Garden" is a fictional account of the wonderful new garden – High Line Park – that has been created on an abandoned elevated railway over lower Manhattan.

In Brown’s version, a curious young boy named Liam discovers struggling plants on a rail bed and decides to help them grow. In time, the plants take on a life of their own, spread throughout the city, and transform it from gray to green.

And new gardeners pop up as well as new plants. Like the Lupine Lady, Liam not only makes the world more beautiful, he illustrates what a difference one gardener can make. Lively illustrations done in acrylic and gouache. A new classic.

If you’re looking to fill a bookcase, consider the following titles, all picture books written for young children. Many are available in paperback and as board books as well as in hardcover. (And if you have favorite books to interest kids in gardening, do mention them in a comment below.)

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